#WWDC22: All The Key Announcements On iOS 16

#WWDC22: All The Key Announcements On iOS 16Apple is now talking up updates to its car infotainment system interface, CarPlay, but unfortunately, these changes aren’t arriving anytime soon. The ‘next-generation’ CarPlay was previewed on stage, showing off new controls and widgets, but it will only ship late next year.

Privacy

Other privacy and safety features in iOS 16 include Safety Check, which is meant to help those in abusive relationships secure app access and passwords, amongst other tools. The company also detailed updates to Home, including a brand new, easier to use Home app, as well as support for the new smart home standard called Matter.

Family Sharing

Other updates to iOS 16 were detailed by Craig Federighi, including Apple News getting a new section ‘My Sports’ section, letting you keep a track of favourite teams. Apple has also revamped Family Sharing to add new parental controls and an easier way to set up a device for children.

Other iOS 16 privacy features include the ability to approve screen time requests directly in Messages, and the ability to adjust parental control settings with Family Checklist.

Alongside privacy, the company unveiled new iCloud Shared Photo Library – which lets up to six people participate, with smart upload filters to share only relevant photos.

Apple Maps Ugrades

Apple Maps is also getting a big update with iOS 16, with the Map Display feature being brought to new countries, 3D View coming to more North American cities, a new multi-stop feature for route planning, and the ability to upload high-res images to locations and apps.

Live Text in video

Live Text is now going to support video, allowing users to interact with text seen in video. Apple is also touting new quick actions so that you can act on the text. Developers are getting a new Live Text API so they can receive text from media.

Apple Pay Later in Wallet App

iOS 16 is also bringing new features to the Wallet app. In states that support Digital IDs in Wallet, users will also be able to securely share their birthdays with apps to verify age.

Apple Pay Later is now official. Apple Pay Later is a new financing feature that will allow customers to split any Apple Pay purchase, in stores or online, into six weekly payments with no interest. Payments are managed via the Wallet app.

Voice Recognition with Siri

iOS 16 also revamps the Dictation feature, with improved voice recognition that’s done on device. An advantage of the new implementation is that the keyboard stays active while dictating, letting users switch between styles of input. The company also touted emoji detection, and a new API for developers to leverage Siri for their own dictation purposes.

Edit And Unsend Messages

iOS 16 revamps the Messages app, with such features as editing messages, the ability to undo sending a message, and to mark a thread as unread.

Widgetkit for Developers

For developers, Apple will be providing a WidgetKit to help develop widgets for the new iOS 16 lock screen. Federighi also detailed how notifications will appear on the new lock screen, as well as a new notification style called Live Activities – for events such as cab status, music player, and sports details.

Federighi details new personalisation options for the lock screen, from text to a variety of new widgets, and animated wallpapers.

New Lock Screens, Wallpaper Gallery

Craig Federighi says that iOS 16 includes “the biggest update ever to the lock screen, completely reimagining how it looks and how it works for you.” You can add widgets to the lock screen, adjust the depth of field with your background image, and much more.

There is also a new Wallpaper Gallery included in iOS 16. Apple has added a ton of new wallpaper option – plus new animations – when unlocking your iPhone.

Home App ugrades

iOS 16 is also bringing new features to the Home app, with a specific focus on the upcoming Matter standard. The Matter standard “provides the underlying technology” for new smart home accessories, and Apple is implementing support to HomeKit.

iOS 16 also includes an all-new Home app with a new design, new categories, and much more. You can now see all of your rooms on a single page, new category options, better support for multiple cameras, and more. The classic Home app tiles have also been redesigned so more important tiles are larger, and less important ones are smaller.

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